Donald Trump went after Senator John McCain in a recent interview, saying the the Vietnam War veteran is no war hero but just a ‘lousy,’ ‘all talk, no action politician.’
The Republican presidential candidate was speaking at The Family Leadership Summit in Iowa Saturday when he was asked about McCain – who famously lost to President Obama in the 2008 general election – and he replied that the latter ‘is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.’
‘I hate to tell you. He is a war hero because he was captured. OK, you can have … I believe perhaps he is a war hero,’ he added.
This comment immediately sparked a huge online backlash, with people blasting Trump for saying that prisoners of war like McCain are no war heroes just because they were captured. McCain was captured when his plane was shot down during the war in 1967.
As the backlash raged, the unapologetic Trump clarified on Twitter, ‘Captured or not, all our soldiers are heroes!’
He then ripped into McCain, tweeting, ‘The Veterans of our country have been treated like third class citizens for many years … John McCain has failed miserably to fix the situation and to make it possible for Veterans to successfully manage their lives.’
He continued, ‘All he does is go on television is talk, talk, talk, but incapable of doing anything.’
‘In addition to doing a lousy job in taking care of our Vets,’ he added, ‘John McCain let us down by losing to Barack Obama in his run for President!’
And that, of course, is not all.
Trump also released a statement on Facebook, where he explicitly explains why he blasted McCain:
I am not a fan of John McCain because he has done so little for our Veterans and he should know better than anybody what the Veterans need, especially in regards to the VA. He is yet another all talk, no action politician who spends too much time on television and not enough time doing his job and helping the Vets. He is also allowing our military to decrease substantially in size and strength, something which should never be allowed to happen.
Furthermore, he was extremely disrespectful to the thousands upon thousands of people, many of whom happen to be his constituents, that came to listen to me speak about illegal immigration in Phoenix last week by calling them “crazies”.
These were not “crazies”—these were great American citizens.
I have great respect for all those who serve in our military including those that weren’t captured and are also heroes.
I want to strengthen our military and take care of our Veterans. I want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN especially for those that serve to protect our freedom. I am fighting for our Veterans!
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